Looking younger has never been so important to so many people. Botox has only climbed in popularity since its creation in the 1980’s. While it is famous for keeping wrinkles at bay, Botox also has other uses as well. With help from your Brookline, MA dermatologist at The Rockoff Dermatology Center, you can discover all of Botox’s uses and if it is right for you.
What is Botox?
Botox is a drug injected into the skin to temporarily paralyze muscles. Botox’s claim to fame is paralyzing the muscles underneath wrinkles in the face to relax the skin, providing a smooth and wrinkle-free appearance. Over 4 million people have used Botox, with 82% of patients seeing results within the first week.
What does Botox treat?
While used primarily to treat lines and wrinkles, Botox does much more. Other uses for Botox include:
- Migraine: A common treatment for migraines, Botox injected into the forehead relieves tension, thus relieving migraine pain. It may also be injected into the neck and shoulders to reduce muscle tension. With the tension gone, the occurrences of migraines decrease.
- Sweating: Botox injected directly into the skin paralyzes the sweat glands causing the patient’s excessive sweating. One session’s results typically last several months.
- Crossed eyes: Botox was originally used for treating crossed eyes and excessive blinking, and is still used to treat these conditions today.
What is the procedure for Botox?
Botox procedures usually only take a few minutes. Your dermatologist uses a very fine-needled syringe to inject the Botox under the skin. This tiny needle allows for pinpoint accuracy and also reduces discomfort during treatment. Most patients see results within three to seven days. Botox is temporary, meaning patients need ongoing sessions. Results last anywhere from four to six months. After several sessions, you may notice your wrinkles soften more permanently since the skin and muscles are relaxed.
For more information on Botox, please contact Dr. Alan Rockoff, MD at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline, MA. Call (617) 731-2390 to schedule your appointment today!